Take the time to read this recently acquired confidential document if you want to get a propaganda-free tutorial on the shenanigans of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
And while you're doing that, take the time to contemplate the implications of the Speaker of the NC House trying to sit in two chairs at once. It can't be done safely, and when they start to roll away from each other, which chair do you think he will choose?
When you've finished those tasks, take the time to explore this new website, which is a handy tool for tracking how the assortment of conservative "foundations" fund various pseudo-scientific bullshit-producing stink-tanks, including our very own John Locke Foundation. But keep a small trash can or other vomit receptacle handy, as you'll probably need it.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Sat, 08/17/2013 - 1:38pm
Although this story involves a Democratic Wisconsin legislator, liberals and progressives in NC need to pay close attention - afterall 50 members of the NC legislature are members and pushing ALEC's model bills.
Chris Taylor, elected in 2011, went to one of ALEC's high security gatherings and did a piece for progressive.org with her observations. She was also interviewed at Raw Story.
Wow. This is breathtaking. Yeah, we knew that ALEC pulls lots of strings in The Old Backward State, and that Tillis was "ALEC legislator of the year" and left a session early so he could instead attend an ALEC meeting.
ALEC’s role in North Carolina makes it a target for critics, particularly the think tank’s cozy relationship with business interests, who play a prominent, but mostly behind-the-scenes, role in crafting legislation alongside the roughly 50 North Carolina lawmakers listed as members.
Sweet Baby Jesus. 50 members? That's a fricking caucus, and a powerful one at that. And when said caucus is engaged in (what should be classified as) criminally dangerous behavior, it might be time to ask the (US) DOJ to step in:
Submitted by davidesmay on Sun, 01/27/2013 - 2:00pm
ALEC, for those of you who don't already know, is the Koch brother funded American Legislative Exchange Council, a rather benign name for an insidious organization that uses corporate money and all expense paid retreats to indoctrinate and influence members of state and local governments. Virtually every Republican member of the NC General Assembly is a member of ALEC and many hold key positions on ALEC Task Forces.
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